Another shitty article about how atheism is a religion (or just as bad as one)
Articles that are critical of religion are divided into two main categories: those that claim atheism is a religion, or those that claim we’re just as bad as one. This article differs only slightly from this pathetic formula, accusing us of only focusing on the three big Abrahamic religions and somehow forgetting all of the other peddlers of nonsense.
So it rightly criticises creationism and ‘intelligent design’, yet it rarely challenges the mystifications of deep environmentalist thinking, such as Gaia theory, or the numerous varieties of Eastern mysticism that are so fashionable in Hollywood.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been an equal opportunity hater. In any case, the notion we haven’t spanked environmentalists or Buddhists properly is mainly a matter of expertise: while Gaiaism may be silly, it’s impact on the world is relatively small compared to the big boys. You don’t see countries under the yoke of Jainism jailing unbelievers for daring to question dharma. When going to war on irrational ideas, you need to pick your battles, and to stick to the ones you have a good knowledge base on. Accusing us of being “focused” is quite possibly the lamest accusation I’ve ever heard. Oh wait, it gets better:
Yet while attempts to reverse the separation of church and state are always a cause for concern, the real challenge facing humanists today does not emanate from organised religion. Rather, it is now often secular movements that promote the idea that human beings are powerless, vulnerable and victims of their circumstances.
If you have no idea what he’s talking about, you aren’t the only one. I’ve been too busy reporting on how atheists are being persecuted with horrible blasphemy laws that demand either their incarceration or their death to notice how much we’ve “hobbled the dignity of humanity”.
The real question confronting us is not the status of any god but the status that we assign to humanity. And the most powerful threat to the realisation of the human potential today comes, not from religion, but from the moral disorientation of Western secular culture.
Isn’t it fun to say stuff you don’t need to prove? If I can try to interpret this man’s confused argument for a moment (no easy task), he’s basically saying our systematic attack of religion is causing society to become “morally disoriented”. This, folks, is the true tragedy of religion: it’s convinced very naive or poorly educated people that morality is hopelessly entangled in their ignorant bullshit. While studies show that non-believers are actually more compassionate towards their fellow man than believers, mouth breathers like Frank Furedi will continue to foolishly argue against the evidence. The saddest thing in all of this is Franky-boy is supposedly on our side. Honestly, if he continues to write shitty, confused articles like this, we don’t need him.
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